Sunday, 29 May 2011

Something fun

I'm just sat in Ashton bus station waiting to do my last 216. Have done a late shift driving today for a change as overtime. It's been a real nice change. I do like my job now but miss driving so much so it's nice to still get the chance now and again. My phone has been for a repair too so not had chance to blog much but not much been happening anyway. Back to the day job in Ashton bus station wednesday. Just hope the half term improves the traffic problems we have been seeing everywhere. We get it bad on the new road but i believe first are suffering with the roadworks on oldham road too. I keep seeing 3 and 4 409s coming in at once. We will see. Off to do my last trip of the day. Should be quiet.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Here they are!

All ready for service these are the 12 new buses that will be operating
around Ashton. Whilst a few might not see it a big deal. I think it will be
nice for the people of Haughton green who go to Ashton to sit on something a
bit nicer than a Man bus and same goes for the 346 punters too. I did have a
little play the other day. They are a nice drive a little sluggish to save
fuel but I still a smooth ride.

Pic was taken by someone else I'm on a late in Piccadilly so just off to

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Mixed day.

Been in Ashton today but yesterday in Piccadilly was a little damp at times. I took this picture about 4pm as tin clouds started to turn the city to darkness. Luckily i took my waterproofs! Back to Ashton tomorrow then a couple of late shifts before three welcomed days off.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

More on the way

Friday will see these new Enviro 200s entering service in Ashton. There is a ceremony at Ashton depot with the mayor cutting the tape on the release of new buses in the Tameside area. Following that all 12 are being sent out to finish the day off in service. They are expected to be out on the 346 and 347 service.

New arrivals

These two ex London buses have turned up in the yard at hyde road. Not sure where they are going yet. Have heard that they are going to merseyside but also they are for Wilmslow road in magic colours. Will have to wait and see. It would be interesting if they left both doors on. It would certainly increase unloading speeds on the 142 service. On a long stint at the moment with my next day off not coming around until Saturday. Today i'm in town with a trip to Old Trafford for kicking out time when the match against Chelsea finishes.

Friday, 6 May 2011


I took this earlier today. It was a little rushed as I was at Owens park in
Fallowfield working so the picture is a bit rubbish. This 44 run by Haytons
seems to have caught the stupid spelling bug that the Stotts bus had in
Ashton. Unless 'Piccadilly' has changed the way it's spelt. I'm not the best
at grammar as my blog shows but this sort of thing should be spot on I

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Where am i?

Had a day doing a survey today. But where is this? Back in Piccadilly tomorrow morning very early so another night for me. I believe the new buses have started to arrive at Ashton so it won't be long until they are out in service.

It was of course Stretford Road looking towards the Arch which leads to the City. I think i am going to have to go to some very obscure places to fool you lot!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


I have been off for a couple of days so thought i would have a little ride into manchester today to soak up the rays and was met by this sign! I could think of better times of the year to be doing work in piccadilly gardens. It's very busy down here today and all the grass is fenced off. Back to work tomorrow. On early shifts for the next three days which are not the best thing for me but gotta take the rough with the smooth.